Karachi: The Interim Management Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at its meeting this week shortlisted three candidates to take over as head coach of the national team for the Asia Cup and the World T20 Cup to be held in Bangladesh in the next three months.
“The interim committee discussed the issue of appointing a new coach after Australian Dav Whatmore leaves after the Sri Lanka series and the names of Moin Khan, Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis were discussed in detail,” a source close to the IMC told a leading agency Thursday.
The source said that the Chairman of the IMC discussed the issue of a new coach with members Shaharyar Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Haroon Rasheed and Naveed Cheema who agreed that a decision was required as the two major tournaments, Asia Cup and World T20 were looming ahead in Bangladesh.
“What was agreed upon was that due to the uncertain situation in Pakistan cricket and the board it was best that for now a interim coach should be appointed for just the two tournaments,” the source said.
“It was decided that a long-term coach for the 2015 World Cup should be appointed later on or the interim coach should be retained since there was also a gap of around four to five months after World T20 Cup before Pakistan played its next international assignment in October against Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe,” the source added.
He said the IMC agreed upon the names of Moin Khan, Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis as possible candidates for the interim coaching position but a decision will be taken after talks are held with the trio.
Interestingly, the Islamabad high court today restored Zaka Ashraf as Chairman of the board but a source in the board said for the time being the IMC also remained functional.
“It remains to be seen what transpires in next few days in the board but for now the IMC has shortlisted these three names.”
Whatmore has announced that he will not seek an extension to his two-year coaching contract when it expires in February.
Mohsin and Waqar have remained national team coaches in the past. Mohsin was replaced as coach by Whatmore in March, 2012. Moin is presently manager of the Pakistan team.